The Life and Lies of Boris Johnson

Fans of Harry Potter will recognise the title here as a parody of The Life and Lies of Albus Dunbledore by the scurrilous hack Rita Skeeter. But whereas just about every page of that book was false, accusations against Boris Johnson, that he lies almost as often as he opens his mouth, are not, alas, fabricated. The leader of our great nation has lied and lied again, not only since becoming PM but throughout his life.

I’ve been reading the work of Peter Oborne. Oborne is a much-respected political commentator and journalist. He’s politically on the right but has a high regard for truth and integrity and since 2019 has made it his business to track the almost uncountable lies told by Johnson, particularly on the subject of coronavirus but by no means limited to that topic. The Assault on Truth is a detailed and scrupulously researched book detailing the rise of Johnson and Trump and how they exemplify a particular kind of politics, one with scant regard for the truth: Matilda springs to mind – I’m working on a parody as we speak. ‘Johnson told such dreadful lies/it made one gasp and stretch one’s eyes.’) To my mind it’s not a question of if Johnson goes, but when: the knives are sharpening daily, a second Tory MP has defected to Labour and the only person who can’t seem to read the writing on the wall is Johnson himself.

The best scenario for Labour would be to postpone a vote of no confidence until after the May elections. If, as looks likely, the government does badly (there are reports of activists being so demoralised that they’re refusing to deliver leaflets) that would bode well for Labour. On the other hand if they go for a leadership election sooner and elect Rishi Sunak who then gives people help with energy bills, it’s not so good. Either way it’s an interesting time. Sickening, yes. But interesting.

Kirk out

3 thoughts on “The Life and Lies of Boris Johnson

  1. I don’t think it’s a question of Johnson not being able to read the writing on the wall: I would venture to suggest that he is exemplary of nearly all politicians who become top dog [there must be some on the left, I suppose, but we’ve been dominated by the right for so long, it’s hard to imagine/remember a decent Labour government: was it Attlee’s? Discuss], that hubris dictates to them that nobody could do the job better than they, so they cling to power almost until they are literally shown the door [à la Thatcher]. You might be right about the May elections; Labour certainly needs to get its act together; but will a vote of no confidence in Johnson & a subsequent leadership election pre-empt that? We shall see…….. Cheers, Jon.

  2. I have a sinking feeling that a vote of no confidence would fail, then he has carte blanche for another full year. Watching vox pops on the news, it is staggering to see how many ‘people in the street’ still support Boris.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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